Skydive Atlas in Holdrege, Nebraska, recently won the Visionary Rising Star Award from the Holdrege Area Chamber of Commerce. The award goes to a Chamber member who has been in business five years or less and has demonstrated business success and community leadership.
Skydive Atlas opened in 2014 with a single aircraft and one tandem rig. The DZ has now grown to two aircraft and 10 tandem rigs. Based in a small town of fewer than 6,000 people, Skydive Atlas brings big tourism dollars to the area. The drop zone brings the most business from visitors two to three hours away than any other business in the town—estimated at some $110,000 per year. Additionally, Skydive Atlas often helps area charities in a variety of ways, including donating tandem jumps as raffle prizes.
DZO Sean Tillery accepted the award at the Chamber’s annual banquet on April 6. In addition to Tillery, a group of local jumpers attended the banquet to show their support.